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Olive-backed Sunbird

(Nectarinia jugularis)
Alternate name(s): "Yellow-bellied Sunbird", "Yellow-breasted Sunbird"
Aboriginal name(s): "tirridirri"

Size: 10-12 cm
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Olive-backed Sunbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "frenata"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Olive-backed Sunbird; note the glossy "bib" (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Frontal view of a male Olive-backed Sunbird (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

Here the same male Olive-backed Sunbird is seen spreading a wing (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

Lateral view of a male Olive-backed Sunbird; note the glossy "bib" (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Lateral view of a male Olive-backed Sunbird (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, May 2012]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Olive-backed Sunbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, June 2013]

Lateral view of a female Olive-backed Sunbird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2013]

Pair of Olive-backed Sunbirds squabbling with the competition in the mirror (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Near Cooktown, QLD, October 2008]

Food, Diet

To the best of our knowledge Olive-backed Sunbirds feed exclusively on nectar. They profit from the creation of urban gardens and parks with flowering plants.

Frontal view of a male Olive-backed Sunbird feeding on nectar from mistletoe in a grevillea
[Byfield NP, QLD, July 2009]

Lateral view of a female Olive-backed Sunbird feeding on nectar (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Rocky Creek, Cairns, QLD, June 2013]

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